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  • November 28, 2022 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm


Trillium Health Partners’ Institute for Better Health is delighted to host its third Hazel McCallion Annual Lecture in Shaping Healthier Communities.

The purpose of this annual lecture is to engage the community around the critical issues, challenges, and cutting edge developments in research and innovation in health care. This event brings locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed scientists, innovators, and community builders to inspire thinking and action to advance population health and learning health systems approaches that improve the quality, equity and experience of care from all perspectives.

The title of this year’s event is Health Equity in the Learning Health System​: Insights from the pandemic to inform better health and we are pleased to share that this year’s lecturers will be Dr. Lisa A. Cooper and Dr. Kathy Hogarth.

Dr. Lisa A. Cooper is the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine and the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Equity in Health and Health Care at Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also the Founder and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute.

Dr. Cooper studies how race and socioeconomic factors shape patient care, and how health systems, with communities, can improve the health of populations with complex social needs. A general internist and social epidemiologist, Dr. Cooper and her team work, in partnership with health systems and community-based organizations, to identify interventions that alleviate racial and income health disparities and translate them into practice and policy changes that mean better health for communities.

The author of the book, “Why Are Health Disparities Everyone’s Problem?” (Johns Hopkins University Press, June 2021), Dr. Cooper is a 2007 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and a frequent contributor to media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, NPR, PBS NewsHour, Essence, The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Economist. She provides expert advice to local leaders from diverse social sectors and to national and international policymakers about how to address health disparities. In September 2021, Dr. Cooper was appointed by President Joseph Biden to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

Dr. Cooper received the Herbert W. Nickens Award for outstanding contributions to promoting social justice in medical education and health care equity from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Helen Rodriguez-Trias Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association. She received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, her Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Emory University.

Dr. Kathy Hogarth is currently a dean and professor in the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her personal experiences as a black and immigrant woman inform her research, with a majority focused on critical race, racism and equity within Canadian and international contexts. Hogarth has extensive experience in the work of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and is particularly interested in organizational and societal transformation that leads to more equitable and just worlds that challenge systems of oppression.

Hogarth received her second master’s degree in psychology and her PhD in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004 and 2012 respectively. The focus of her research was to understand the lived experiences of immigrants in Canada.

Since her graduate work, Hogarth worked briefly at King’s University College at Western University as a lecturer on a limited term appointment, and then a lengthier stay at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo as an assistant and then associate professor in the School of Social Work. Prior to rejoining Laurier, she served as the Special Advisor on Anti-racism and Inclusivity to the Office of the Vice President of Research and International at the University of Waterloo, as well as the Antiracism Advisor to University of Waterloo’s Faculty Association.

In addition, Hogarth spent several years at the national level with the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work Educators International Affairs Committee as well as the Caucus on Race and Ethnicity. Hogarth’s work is informed by her personal experiences as a twice migrant woman and her own need to address issues of race and culture in her personal world and to the world beyond her. One of the underlying goals of her work, is to transform our community and make it inclusive and safe for all to thrive.

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This event is being held in partnership with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and with the support of the Trillium Health Partners Foundation.

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